jane: while all eyes are on mr. trump's nomination to the supreme court, neil gorsuch, the president's power to appoint judges will ripple through the entire judicial system. >> when you think of the judicial system, think of a giant pyramid. at the top the supreme court and , only a handful of cases get to the supreme court. then you have the intermediate courts. the big base of the pyramid, deep district courts. that is where it all happens, and that is why they are also important. jane: federal courts rule on a whole range of issues, including guns, immigration, and abortion. they also have the power to thwart the best laid plans of congress and the president. >> the federal courts have the last word on whether something will fly in this country, and president trump, the power to appoint these judges, that is raw political power.